AWC Shelter Outreach Resource Center

Parrots and other captive birds are now among the fastest growing group of displaced animals in the U.S.  Providing proper care and placement for exotic birds presents many challenges to the traditional dog-and-cat oriented shelter. 

To help your shelter gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide for the specialized care and placement needs of exotic birds in a shelter environment, the Avian Welfare Coalition offers 4 important resources exclusively for you!

Online Avian Wellness Series

The Avian Welfare Coalition teamed up with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries to offer a series of webinars that provide training to animal care professionals on the specialized care of exotic birds.  We examine key topics for providing short-term care and securing care for birds over a lifetime.

Best practices in temporary housing, intake, handling, medical, and nutrition and other useful topics for short-term bird care within the shelter environment are among the topics covered.  We also feature Q&A forums that enable shelter personnel to directly engage with experts to get answer to their most challenging questions: bird placement, education and outreach, and legal issues related to adoption contracts and estate planning.  View all series at: http://www.avianwelfare.org/webinars

“How To” Guides for Bird Shelters and Care Facilities

Our series of informative pamphlets are designed to help shelters and care facilities tend to the short-term care and housing needs of birds in a shelter setting. If you operate a shelter or care facility or would like to help shelter of care facility near you, download any or all of these free pamphlets at: www.avianwelfare.org/shelters

Captive Exotic Bird Care: A Guide for Shelters

Our complete 112-page handbook co-sponsored by Born Free USA and the ASPCA provides animal caregivers with helpful information on caring for exotic birds in a shelter setting: housing, feeding, avian health, veterinary care, behavior, environmental safety, bird placement, and more! To order, contact: info@avianwelfare.org

The Basics of Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter

Our avian care workshop can be tailored to fit your organization’s requirements – from a hands-on training workshop to be conducted at your shelter facility to an educational seminar to be presented at your regional or national conference.  For details, contact: info@avianwelfare.org.

Our goal is to help shelters help birds! 

What Shelters Need to Know About Bird Rescue Organizations

Many avian entities describe themselves as a “sanctuary” or “rescue” for displaced parrots and other exotic birds.  However, the quality of avian care, ethical standards, and sustainability varies widely among these organizations. 

Animal shelters looking to establish a reliable bird placement network also need to differentiate between legitimate bird welfare organizations from those exploitative, substandard operations.

Refer to our helpful resources on what to look for in genuine avian care and rescue facilities:

About Bird Rescue and Sanctuary Organizations:

Finding the Right Placement Partners, a webinar in partnership with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Finding the Right Placement Partners a webinar in partnership with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

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Share Your Experiences & Expertise

We welcome feedback and suggestions from shelters and animal control organizations on how to improve our program and for examples of successful strategies that may benefit others. Please forward details to: info@avianwelfare.org